Following a a City Council vote earlier this month, the speed limit on Ridge Avenue from Howard to Emerson streets will be cut from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

Signs announcing the new limit are scheduled to be installed starting next Tuesday, and city officials say message boards will be used to alert drivers to the change.

Other measures designed to help reduce the high number of traffic accidents on Ridge, including tree trimming to improve traffic signal visibility, have been completed by the City’s Public Works Agency.

The Ridge Avenue corridor will be reevaluated in the spring to determine if further trimming is needed to maintain a good line of sight for drivers. Traffic signal operational changes at the Ridge Avenue and Lake Street intersection are also planned for this spring.

The Evanston Police Department will continue its efforts to improve safety and encourage driver behavior changes through targeted enforcement. These efforts will focus on speeding, disobeying traffic regulations, distracted driving, and seat belt requirements.

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      1. 25 too low
        I don’t know about 40, but 25 is ridiculous.

        I hope people on Chicago Ave and Asbury are ready for more traffic. That will be the major effect of this.

        Already, the fiasco of the Ridge/Green Bay/Emerson intersection is forcing more traffic through the formerly pedestrian neighborhood north of Emerson on Maple.

        I don’t know why Evanston is so anti-pedestrian, choosing to route so much traffic on small streets by clogging the big streets. I hope they end this destructive policy trend.

        1. Pedestrians live everywhere
          This pedestrian considers this move to be very pro-pedestrian, since I cross Ridge on foot several times times a day. I just want to feel safe…along with all the kids who are crossing Ridge at Lake.

          1. Exactly right

            There are over 20 crosswalks in this 2-mile stretch, so even 25 is unsafe — studies show 20mph yields a real drop in lethality, particularly in elderly automobile victims. But this is a step in the right direction. Real enforcement will include steep penalties for cars that fail to yield at crosswalks — we’ll see what happens on that front.

  1. Ridge speed limit reduce to 25 mph

    Congratulations to all the transportation, family, and livability activists who have helped make this possible.  Reducing the speed limit on Ridge to 25 mph is one of the most meaningful actions that the City Council has taken towards REAL livability — not just stars, awards, media recognition, and padding resumes.  Next step:  more zebra crosswalks all over town (according to local folks).

  2. Understand it, but don’t like it
    Don’t think changing the speed limit will do much of anything since you can’t even go that fast during rush hour anyways and just makes the route slower in times of low traffic. But I understand the attempt to make things more safe. Not a fan of the decision personally, but I can appreciate the reasoning.

  3. Ridge Speed Limits
    Great , traffic lights are likely EXTREMELY ill timed for 25 mph since quite a few are poorly timed now. Greenbay road north of Emerson is also a pollution generator with poorly timed lights.
    I humorously suggest a great gas company conspiracy.
    Enjoy Dan

  4. +10
    When it was 30, people were going 35 (over the limit but not quite 40 or 45) because the streets were so narrow.

    Even though now that it’s 25, people will still go 35 because it’s unlikely to get a ticket at that speed.

    More enforcement seems necessary along with this speed change. Thanks to Evanston officers.

  5. Tree Triming on Ridge
    They should delay changing the speed limit until after they have spent a year with the trees being trimmed during the four seasons This should answer th question is it the lack of trimming or speed causing accidents. They also need to issue warning to people walking and not paying attention to traffic ore signals.

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